Items tagged with Surveillance

Ever since 9/11 and the passage of the Patriot Act, the federal government has pursued an aggressive set of data collection policies and surveillance practices. Edward Snowden's leaks last year may have raised public awareness of many of these events, but simply being aware of practices doesn't do a thing to stop them. Recent court decisions, however, could be a sign that the wall of secrecy the NSA has constructed to veil its actions is cracking -- with profound long-term implications. First, earlier this week, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in United States v. Davis that cell phone users... Read more...
One of the most troubling facts that came out of Edward Snowden's disclosures last year was the degree to which the government has relied on National Security Letters to compel companies to reveal information about their clients without producing a warrant. Many NSLs were accompanied by non-disclosure orders that forbade the receiving company from revealing to the accused that their information had been demanded. Microsoft had previously gone to court over such tactics and today, the details of the company's strategic victory became public for the first time. Last year, the FBI demanded information... Read more...
WD is working through the rainbow for its color-themed hard drive families, and the latest--purple--is designated for hard drives that are designed for surveillance. WD’s Purple Surveillance Storage drives are built to withstand the constant strain of running in an always-on HD surveillance applications. The 3.5-inch WD Purple drives will be available in capacities of 1TB ($89.99), 2TB ($119.99), 3TB ($159.99), and 4TB ($199.99) and feature SATA 6Gbps interfaces. The drives can handle non-stop operation and widely fluctuating temperatures, and are designed to be compatible with a plethora... Read more...
We've covered the NSA revelations and subsequent government petitions at some length, but here's a new twist to the story of the government's pervasive monitoring program -- a view of the activity from an ISP's perspective. According to Pete Ashdown, the CEO of XMission, a Utah ISP, the company received its first FISA warrant "request" in 2010. There's no way to challenge FISA warrants and no legal recourse -- so Ashdown had no choice but to install a server, one of the NSA's own machines, in their data center. The technical aspects of the situation are remarkably straightforward. The NSA sent... Read more...
Toshiba's Surveillance & IP Video business unit sent us a note introducing its new IK-WD14A dome camera, the company's first such model to sport a Full HD 1080p resolution so you can see what the bad guys are up to in sharp detail. According to Toshiba, it's new HD surveillance camera will make it far easier to make out facial features and license plate information, which the investigating officer will surely appreciate. "High-definition is the most prominent trend in the IP camera space," explained Sergio Collazo, Director of Sales and Marketing for Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video. "The... Read more...
Do you need a video monitoring system for your home, but are not sure if you can afford it? Or, maybe you just didn't want the hassle of installing one. D-Link has a solution that boasts ease of use.The leading computer networking solutions provider for consumers and business today announced its easy-to-install, easy-to-use D-Life® Web-based home surveillance camera systems are now available channel-wide and have enhanced optics, lower prices and key features designed to keep the home safe and secure.Now shipping, the D-Life security systems offer users maximum flexibility for monitoring their... Read more...
Billed as "Your Reliable Surveillance Solution" by the folks over at Shuttle this little wonder is indeed unique. Available in a Mini-ITX/Shuttle form factor, this barebone package is targeted at the home surveillance market and includes the features needed for just that purpose.The D1416 features a 7-inch touch screen display located on the front and a surveillance card supporting up to 16 cameras. Also included is camera monitoring and recording software that has features like motion detection and remote surveillance capability with the ability to control it all from the touch screen. Users can... Read more...
Ah yes, as technology advances, so do surveillance techniques.  So this should surprise no one - should it?Classified documents from September 2007, leaked last week by the German political "Pirate Party," show one particular system that Bavarian police could have in place by February, and its high operating cost.The system, provided by a company known as Digitask, is called a "Skype Capture Unit," and is essentially a malware client installed onto the surveillance target. It intercepts Skype voice and chat data, purportedly offering real-time streaming of hijacked content. Digitask also offered... Read more...